BC Must Crack Down on Covid Travelers

Our two-person isolating household is getting more Covid recommendation-breaker angry.

Yes, we’re getting out and hiking and rambling, but always just the two of us, with our masks and our sanitizer. And we stay within a near radius.

When Ontario and Quebec have imposed lockdowns and travel bans, why are there apparently skiers from those provinces in Whistler, BC?

How did they get here, if they’re not supposed to travel even within their own provinces?

Hell, all of us in BC are strongly counselled not to travel outside our communities.

We are told we shouldn’t visit elderly relatives who live minutes away. So how are the tourists getting here?

Our political leaders are saying this is beyond their control.
No, it is NOT.

To get to BC you either have to cross an international border, which is supposedly closed, or you have to fly in (which is supposedly tough, but apparently not so much), or you can drive in on very few few cross-provincial highways that would be easy to control.

So what gives?

Unpacking Folk Songs?

From the overanalyzing folk songs files:

I have this Ukrainian folk song running in my head. It’s a humorous song about a cowardly kozak who is attracted to a girl and her aromatic pyrohy/perogies.

But a group of hunters comes along, and carries off the girl and the perogies.

So in the punch line/final stanza the kozak wails: “Oh you horrible enemies, take the girl but bring back the perogies!”

Ha ha ha. . .

I have several recordings of this song ranging from polka bands to an opera-style baritone backed by a small orchestra.

I know, I know, folks have been chortling at this song for centuries, but there is a message to unpack. . .

No idea why this popped into my mind today, but there you go.

Brooding Bridge, Birds, Berries in SE Burnaby, BC

I walked from Edmonds Skytrain Station in SE #Burnaby to 22nd St. Station and back after lunch. It was quiet, only a couple of Anna’s Hummingbirds (one at our feeder and one on the trail), a few robins, and assorted sparrows in Taylor Park.

There were some lovely colors to be found in berries and leaves along the way. . .

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The Alex Fraser Bridge as seen from the urban trail. Deliberately underexposed to enhance the brooding appearance.

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Salmonella Killing Pine Siskins – Please Remove Feeders

Yumi found this dead Pine Siskin yesterday. She picked it up using a plastic bag, and buried it.

She found it near the Green townhouse complex on Southridge Dr. in SE Burnaby, not far from Taylor Park Elementary School.

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It exhibited the symptoms of salmonellosis — emaciated, discharge at mouth, etc. Do not touch birds with bare hands, this can spread to other species.

Please take down your feeders, folks, as more cases of salmonellosis are being reported. Apparently Pine Siskins are particularly vulnerable as they flock to feeders around this time of year.

The advice is to take your feeder down for at least two weeks, and clean up any seeds on the ground.

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